Daily Archives: June 17, 2009

Video Feature: Biosecurity in the Beef Herd

Video Feature:  Biosecurity in the Beef Herd
Dr. Ron Lemenager, Purdue University, cover the best management practices to employ on a beef herd to insure adequate health safety and health security.

Wet Conditions May Increase Profit-Robbing Organisms

Wet Conditions May Increase Profit-Robbing Organisms

Dan Goehl, DVM

Beef Today

The wet conditions this year have led to many issues, but one problem more commonly seen in wet conditions is coccidiosis.

Coccidiosis is a disease affecting the lower intestinal tract of cattle. Coccidiosis is much more prevalent in younger cattle and is life threatening to cattle under a year of age. This tiny one-celled organism causes significant economic loss every year in the cattle industry.

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Bull Management for a Successful Breeding Season

Bull Management for a Successful Breeding Season

Dr. W. Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian, Cattle, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VA Tech

Many bulls have been placed with spring-calving cows in Virginia in the last few days or weeks.  How successful these bulls are in getting cows pregnant will determine to a large extent the profitability of these cow-calf operations.  Beef producers will do well to invest some time to increase the likelihood that bulls perform well and get a high percentage of cows pregnant.

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Livestock Feeds Will Not Be At Bargain Basement Prices This Year.

Livestock Feeds Will Not Be At Bargain Basement Prices This Year.

The Farm Gate

Livestock producers trying to get as close to breaking even as possible have received a setback with the latest analysis on feed grain supplies and prices. Production will be lower because of planting delays that will retard yields, and subsequent prices will be higher because of demand. Additionally, the protein meal market continues to rise because world supplies are down and Chinese demand for US bean meal is up. So profitability in livestock production may not be rooted in feed costs for some time to come.

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National Animal ID Favors Corporate Feedlots over Independent Ranchers

National Animal ID Favors Corporate Feedlots over Independent Ranchers

Cory Heidelberger


An eager reader draws my attention to the National Animal Identification System, a proposal to tag all of America’s livestock to prevent diseases like mad cow. The proposed USDA program has been meeting with nearly unanimous disapproval from ranchers at USDA listening sessions this month.

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EPA Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Ruin Economy

EPA Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Ruin Economy

Marcie Williams

Roll Call

Last year’s rumors that the Environmental Protection Agency was pursuing a tax on methane “emissions” from U.S. livestock generated a strong outcry among many members of our nation’s agricultural community. While concerns over this direct “cow tax” turned out to be premature, the EPA is now pursuing real regulations that could levy damaging consequences on domestic farmers and ranchers.

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Montana says state’s cattle are disease-free

Montana says state’s cattle are disease-free



Montana officials are asking the federal government to declare the state’s cattle free of brucellosis in a bid to end trade restrictions on livestock exports.

Yet because the disease persists in wildlife in and around Yellowstone National Park, state officials say blood tests on up to 200 Montana cattle ranches could continue indefinitely. Most other testing could end in about a year if the U.S. Department of Agriculture accepts the state’s proposal

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